Marvin E. Wickware Jr. elected to LSTC faculty as assistant professor of church and society and ethics
On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Mr. Marvin E. Wickware Jr. to the faculty as assistant professor of church and society and ethics. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Mr. Wickware will receive the doctor of philosophy in religion degree from Duke University this summer. He will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.
“We are overjoyed to welcome Marvin Wickware to the LSTC faculty,” said Academic Dean Esther Menn. “As a stellar scholar, extraordinary teacher, and committed church leader, he will certainly have a big impact on the LSTC community. His on-campus presentation on ‘Love your enemy’ was deeply inspiring to those in attendance, and we expect that having him at LSTC will be transformational. We look forward eagerly to having him join the LSTC community.”
“I am excited to join the faculty at LSTC,” Wickware said. “This learning community is a place where I will be able to honor my deepest commitments and pursue my personal interests through my teaching and writing.”
In applying for the position, Wickware described his research and writing as a way for him to work out the problems he has encountered while teaching and living in community with others. His experiences as a black man working in the predominantly white institutions of Duke Divinity School and a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation led to his dissertation topic of racial reconciliation in U.S. churches. In it he demonstrates that black and white U.S. Christians are enemies and explores the possibilities of love in light of that reality. His research draws on feminist theory and black studies and in his teaching he works to connect an understanding of theoretical and theological perspectives to the church’s engagement with pressing political and social issues.
Wickware is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and his involvement in church leadership and community organizing in Durham, N.C., enriches his teaching and research. He has published articles and reviews in several academic journals and presented his research at academic conferences. He is the recipient of a number of scholarships and fellowships, including the Forum for Theological Exploration Dissertation Fellowship, the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, the Kenan Ethics Institute Graduate Fellowship at Duke University, and the Fund for Theological Education Predoctoral Fellowship.
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